Kathleen Osgood | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - Saturday, 17 March 2012
Dr. Osgood had a full schedule of events (Dr. Osgood's Tour Schedule) planned for her time in Yakutsk. She delivered a series of lectures and activities intended for students at North-Eastern Federal University that focused on oral traditions, how stories live on, and evaluating how stories have been recorded and shared. As part of this curriculum, the students had the opportunity to perform a northern, native story of their own. Two videos are available from student projects from this class. A retelling of a traditional Sakha tale from one of the student groups in Yakutsk can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LTf54_gNsH4). "The Old Woman Beiberiken with Five Cows" can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyGIzJPJkAs&feature=youtu.be.
Dr. Osgood also presented another lecture series on how filmmaking is being used by indigenous peoples to reclaim methods of representation. This lecture series provided tools to evaluate the directional intent of films made in and about the North. Students viewed a range of northern films, studied analysis tools for cinema, and reviewed one film in depth. Film screenings were public, and were discussed with university students as well as high school students from the College of the Republic in Yakutsk. These courses were also made available online through a portal hosted by the University of Akureyri at http://vlt.is/moodle/login/index.php. In addition, Dr. Osgood also discussed an arctic humanities curriculum for the University of the Arctic. A followup article on Dr. Osgood's tour is available for download below.